April 20, 2018 / 5:12 AM / in 7 months

Woman dies in fire at care home in northeast London

Firefighters and police secure the street at scene of a large fire in a residential care home in Connington Crescent, Chingford, north-east London, Britain, April 20, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Radburn

LONDON (Reuters) - A woman died in a fire at a care home for people with learning disabilities in northeast London on Friday.

The fire broke out at 0114 GMT (9.14 p.m. ET, Thursday) and 12 people fled the three-storey building.

“Sadly, a woman was confirmed dead at the scene,” the London Fire Brigade said.

Over 70 firefighters battled the fire for hours.

At its height, the fire had engulfed around half of the ground and first floor plus all of the roof of the building in Connington Crescent, Chingford, the London Fire Brigade said.

“Firefighters have been working hard to contain the spread of the fire which has destroyed the roof,” Fire Brigade Station Manager Keith Wilson said. “Crews expect to be here into the day, tackling hot spots.”

Writing by Subrat Patnaik in Bengaluru, Editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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